Martin Tremblay arrives at Provincial Court in Richmond, British Columbia, Tuesday February 26, 2013, Tremblay has been sentenced to 15 days in jail for tripping two young hockey players in June of last year. (CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI AGENCY)
VANCOUVER -- A former youth hockey coach was handed a 15-day major by a Richmond judge Tuesday for an assault on two boys during a post-game handshake last year.
Martin Tremblay had pleaded guilty to two counts of assault for kicking the legs out from under two boys — aged 10 and 13 — at the end of a June 2012 game between the University of BC Hornets and Richmond Steel.
The sentence was a surprise considering the Crown did not ask for jail time. He will now serve a little more than two weeks at the Surrey Pretrial Services Centre on weekends, followed by a year of probation and other conditions.
Provincial Court Judge Patrick Chen called a psychiatric assessment of Tremblay unreliable and said he believed the disgraced coach’s problems lie in anger-management issues, not medication withdrawal or exhaustion as argued by the defence.